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Poll: Are you planning on participating in the 1st Annual ProZ.com Translation Contest?
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Nov 10, 2008

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Are you planning on participating in the 1st Annual ProZ.com Translation Contest?".

This poll was originally submitted by RominaZ

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Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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Sadly, no but... Nov 10, 2008

As much as I'd like to participate in a translation contest, source texts chosen by ProZ are always of a literary nature. This means that all of us technical translators cannot participate.

If there is ever a contest involving a technical text I'd be more than happy to submit an entry.

Cheers!

Laureana


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
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The text this time just doesn't appeal Nov 10, 2008

Laureana Pavon wrote:

As much as I'd like to participate in a translation contest, source texts chosen by ProZ are always of a literary nature.

Laureana


One of the previous French texts wasn't too literary, and I had a go at it, but this one is definitely out for me


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xxxJon O  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:43
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advertising Nov 10, 2008

This poll feels very much like a not-too-subtle advertisement for the said contest, or am I just being cynical?

[Edited at 2008-11-10 16:31]


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Ian Bradburn
Mexico
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Would if I could... Nov 10, 2008

I've never been able to participate in any of the translation contests run on the site as there hasn't been a source text in my languages. This time is no different

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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
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I am participating Nov 10, 2008

And I like these contests because they represent an opportunity to show our skills.

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xxxwonita
China
Local time: 06:43
Yes Nov 10, 2008

I seldom get any feedbacks for my translations. The translation contest is one of those rare opportunities, in which plenty of feedbacks are made on my translation.

There was a forum post lately, which talks about "language conservative" in the translation branch. Yes, if I do a translation for a client, I would be as literal as possible; but in the contest I pay more attention to the fluence and readability of the target text. Test the boarder, to see how the peers react...


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mk_lab  Identity Verified
Ukraine
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Only if... Nov 10, 2008

If translation subjects wouldn't be limited only by (somewhat stupid) literary texts. Why not technical/scientific..?

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Amy Williams  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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umm... Nov 10, 2008

I'm not a member, so I couldn't even if I wanted to.

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Anindita Basu  Identity Verified
India
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Other (can't, not a member) Nov 10, 2008

else I would have.

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Paola Dentifrigi  Identity Verified
Italy
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No Nov 10, 2008

I have no time at all, but there's another reason. The winning translation of the past competition (RO>IT) was bad indeed. It wasn't Italian. Our complaints were useless, so I doubt of the jury...

Paola


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Ludmilla3
Local time: 19:43
English to Russian
No Nov 10, 2008

On the one hand, I have no time at all. On the other hand, I am not a member. So I can't participate.

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amurati
Local time: 10:43
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I would like to participate but I am not a premuim/paid member Nov 10, 2008

so I can't participate at all

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Rocio Barrientos  Identity Verified
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Nothing wrong with advertisement Nov 10, 2008

Jon O wrote:

This poll feels very much like a not-too-subtle advertisement ?

[Edited at 2008-11-10 16:31]


I agree with you Jon, it can be considered advertisement; however, I do not see anything wrong with it.

The prizes are great! I have to find the time to participate

Greetings


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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No Nov 10, 2008

I'm far too busy. I also agree that some of the previous competition offerings left much to be desired.
I am also dubious about the desirability of treating translation as a competitive activity, although it may serve as a learning experience for the participants. The world is cut-throat enough.


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